The fugitive ex-dictator, Viktor Yanukovych asked the Obolon district court of Kyiv to organize his interrogation under the procedure of international legal assistance. A letter to Yanukovych was read out by his lawyer Vitaly Serdyuk at the court session, the correspondent LIGA.net.
“Despite the fact that the criminal proceedings, I regard as merely a way of my political persecution and personal accounts, I’m ready and willing to participate in its consideration in court”, – wrote Yanukovych.
His only condition is to arrange interrogation under the procedure of international legal assistance, according to which Ukraine should formally appeal to Russia with a request for interrogation.
Yanukovych said that a video conference should be organized in the Rostov regional court.
Referee Vladislav Devyatko reminded the lawyers of Yanukovych that the issue was not considered at the previous meeting of the court, and the petition was rejected.
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28 November 2016, the Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko to Svyatoshynsky district court of Kyiv announced the notification about the suspected Yanukovych of treason. On 15 December the Pechersky district court of Kiev allowed to detain Yanukovych and deliver it to the court, 20 January 2017, the court gave permission for the correspondence, the investigation against the former dictator.
On March 14, the Prosecutor passed to the court indictment against Yanukovych. He is suspected of committing crimes under part 1 of article 111 (high treason), paragraph 5 of article 27, part 3 of article 110 (intentional complicity in acts committed with the aim of changing the boundaries of the territory and the state border of Ukraine) and part 5 article 27, part 2 of article 437 (aiding in waging aggressive war) of the criminal code.
Earlier in the meeting, the lawyers of Yanukovych, said the head of GPU, Yury Lutsenko allegedly has the ability to influence the work of the court due to the presence of disciplinary proceedings against presiding judges.
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